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We will print 187 million ballots for the presidential election – INEC

We?ll print 187 million ballot papers for presidential poll ? INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would print a total of 187 million ballot papers.

According to the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye, registered voters in Nigeria now stand at 93.5 million, noting that 9,518,188 new voters have been added to the existing register of 84,004,084 voters.

Okoye on Friday November 17 said that 93.5 million ballots will be used on February 25, 2022 for the presidential election and the remaining 93.5 million ballots will be for the second round of the election presidential election if there is no clear winner. The same, he said, would apply to states.

According to him, the Commission has decided to print 187 million ballots for the presidential elections, because it will be difficult to hire printers in the short term and also the question of logistics.

Okoye said, “As of today, 18 political parties will contest the 2023 general election and the law has outlined how the candidates will emerge and how a presidential candidate will emerge in Nigeria.

“Due to limited time on the Board and by law; in the event that a candidate does not make it out of the first ballot, the Commission prints the ballot papers for the second round (second election) elections when we print the ballot papers for the main election.

“In other words, if 93 million Nigerians are on the ballot for the presidential election, we will print 93 million ballots for the first election and at the same time print 93 million ballots for the second ballot in case a winner does not come out of the ballot first ballot.

“If in the end there is no second round, when the election petitions are eliminated, the Commission will destroy the 93 million ballots printed for the second round. Indeed, the law only gives the Commission 21 days in each case to engage in reverse logistics and organize a second round in case there is no winner.

“Additionally, as the presidential election unfolds, gubernatorial elections and state assembly elections are still pending. Thus, for the gubernatorial election, the Commission will print ballots for at least four gubernatorial elections in case we have difficulty with a winner not coming out in the first round in some states of the Federation.

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